Poisoned Pen, Oct 2009, $24.95
Four years ago Emily Locke unintentionally got enmeshed in a missing-child case; that of her child. Thus former cop turned private investigator Richard Cole thinks she can help him with a similar case he is working on because she has some limited experience to enhance her skydiving skills that he needs on his investigation. He pleads and coaxes Emily to leave Cleveland for Houston.
Emily joins Gulf Coast Skydiving to obtain insider information for Richard, who has found clues linking the group to the disappearance of an 11-month-old boy, Casey Lyons; the baby’s divorced parents are beyond despondent with worry. Richard warns Emily not to do anything foolish like being attracted to a guitar-player or connecting the dots to her still missing child.
This is an intriguing crime drama that looks deeply at the baby abduction-adoption black market. The story line is fun to follow though Emily running off to Houston seems off kilter for the nightmare she has lived with for four years and major coincidences detract also. Still the cast is solid and fans will root for Vince hitting the chord with Emily and want a sequel starring sassy smack the butt BFF Jeannie.